Kalaloch

The holidays are over. For us at Quilter’s Roost, it’s bittersweet. Christmas is our favorite holiday but we sure enjoy the fresh start of a new year. We hope your holidays were filled with warmth, love and plenty of cheer.

We spent the days after Christmas in cabins alongside the ocean in Kalaloch for some rest, windy walks on the beach, and serene sewing. In addition to all this, though, we also worked in a few other misadventures and mischief.

Our cabins had no wifi so all the kids, Chris and I spent the few days almost completely off the grid. We still had cell phone signal in a few spots. Our cabin had a nice loft where everyone gathered nightly hovering  over large puzzles with small pieces. We completed three of them.

During the day, we hit the beaches. Most of the days it was windy. Our first full day we experienced a thunderstorm! It was gorgeous watching the large waves crashing on the beach while safely snug in the cabin. We wish we took a picture of it to show you but we were all too mesmerized to think of it.

The next day we experienced a big change. The sun was out and it felt so warm! The family spent the day at Beach #2 in Kalaloch…

There was an abundance of tidal pools here filled with sea anemones, sea stars and tiny crabs…

We found debris from Asia that washed ashore…
  

Funnily, we thought these buoys were from the Japanese tsunami but a Chinese friend of one of my daughter-in-laws promptly pointed out they were merely buoys from China. Very cool nonetheless.

We had a lot of fun climbing the rocks…

And we wore ourselves out…
 

We climbed back up the cliff and hill to our cars only to discover my youngest son, Drew, had locked his car keys in the trunk! With no cell signal at or near the beach, one of our other sons, Matt, took Drew on a drive until they found some signal to call AAA. The eldest son, Mikel (seen posing on the rock) stayed with Drew waiting for the locksmith. The rest of the family went back to the cabins for lunch and nap for the littlest granddaughter. A locksmith from AAA managed to unlock the trunk only to find there were no keys in there…or the rest of the car! With high tide coming in, the brothers ran through the beach searching for the keys. They found them hiding on the other side of a log! Phew! We celebrated with smores and a fire in the pit.

The next morning, the kids packed up and went home while Chris and I stayed until New Years. We went to the beach every day and enjoyed peace and quiet. It was a nice vacation. We hope to go back to the ocean next year.